The program for yet another edition of FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival is now closed.
In total, more than 230 films, between the 2nd and the 9th of August will occupy the city of Espinho, center stage of an edition that, this year, expands to Porto and Lisbon. In Espinho, the sessions will take place at Auditório da Junta de Freguesia de Espinho and in a Drive-In Cinema, installed at Parque de Estacionamento da Nave Desportiva de Espinho. The simultaneous extensions too the two biggest cities in the country will showcase the feature films, at Cinema Trindade and Cinema Ideal and the short-films at Casa Comum da Reitoria da Universidade do Porto.
To close the program, we announce today Games People Play, the most recent work by Finnish director Jenni Toivoniemi. In a national debut, the film accompanies the stories and dynamics of a group of close friends at a country house, during a birthday party. The screening os the film will mark the return of Toivoniemi to FEST with her first feature film after FEST exhibited the multi-awarded film The Committee.
In a year where the organization chose, for security and quality preservation purposes, to not proceed with its industry component, we center our focuses on our film program, with a selection of films that prioritize the showcase of new talents and new cinematographies. Proof of this is the already announced and competing selected features, and the focus on Latvian cinema and the now revealed Fast Forward sessions, where we keep looking to the most recent works of filmmakers that have passed through FEST's previous editions. We highlight the polish director Jakub Radej, winner of the Silver Lynx in 2017, and returning now with Ricochets. Also highlighting the new films by Zgjim Terziqi, Dimitris Argyriou, Yotam Ben-David, Milda Baginskaitė, and Tarek Roehlinger.
In a continuous effort, FEST continues to bring to Espinho some of the most acclaimed national films. Mistérios Negros by Pedro Lino, Cenas de uma vida amorosa by Miguel Afonso and Häuschen - a Herança de Paulo A. M. Oliveira and Pedro Martins are on the list of selected works for the Portuguese Outlook.